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Subsequent gen Mercedes A-Class hatchback to be EV solely | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

The MMA platform will assist the A-Class EV have higher vary than the EQA regardless of a smaller battery.

Mercedes-Benz‘s plan to usher in an electrical car in each phase by 2025 has led to the event of a bespoke EV structure for small automobiles, thereby facilitating an electrical alternative for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback.

  • EQA is at present the smallest mannequin within the EQ household
  • Will rival the Volkswagen ID.3
  • Could have a slim battery pack and no transmission tunnel

Considered one of 4 fashions in compact phase

At the moment, the smallest mannequin within the EQ household is the Mercedes-Benz EQA crossover, an electrical model of the combustion-powered Mercedes-Benz GLA that shares its sibling’s platform. It’s one among 4 EVs within the model’s portfolio – alongside the marginally bigger EQB, the EQC SUV and the van-based EQV – to make use of a modified model of an current combustion-engined structure.

However with the brand new MMA platform, Mercedes-Benz is properly positioned to tackle the Volkswagen ID.3 with a lower-slung premium hatchback that matches the present A-Class for inside area and its rivals for vary.

The MMA platform is meant, within the first occasion, for EVs on this phase – the smallest through which Mercedes-Benz at present operates – and it’ll deliver a step change within the performance and efficiency of its entry-level EVs.

Little question the packaging constraints of a C-segment automobile will imply the ‘EQ A-Class’ comes with a smaller battery than the most important automobiles on this platform. Nevertheless, the substantial enhance in energy density – along with a higher deal with lightweighting and aerodynamic effectivity – means it can enhance on the 422km vary of the present longest-legged model of the EQA.

MMA platform opens up more room inside

The automobile will even have a extra characteristically spacious and ethereal inside, given the slim battery pack and lack of transmission tunnel – each of which imply it will probably additionally sit nearer to the bottom, adopting a much less overtly crossover-style stance.

Importantly, it can even be an overtly luxurious proposition than Mercedes’ present entry-level automobiles, in keeping with a radical repositioning of the model which is able to deal with higher-margin fashions. In order Mercedes winds down its presence within the compact phase to only 4 fashions, it can imbue these which are left with refinement and know-how on par with a number of the largest and most luxurious fashions in its line-up.

Mercedes-Benz in India

Mercedes-Benz sells solely the EQC electrical SUV in our nation. The carmaker launched the C-Class sedan and the Maybach S-Class just lately.

In the meantime, with gross sales of two,839 items, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has emerged as India’s bestselling luxurious automobile in FY22, in accordance with our gross sales evaluation with automotive knowledge specialist agency JATO Dynamics India. That places the E-Class forward of all its rivals mixed.

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